i disagree. there is much to be learned from reading past classics. some things may have changed since the 50s/60s but there are some good ideas and concepts in Bompa, Matveyev, Verhoshansky, et al. Examining various prep phases, comp cycles, classification of exercises, and subtle vs. radical shifts in training can be illuminating. basically, the examined life is worthwhile.
i agree Verhoshansky and Bompa info is the best around..periodazition is not history..